Feel-good story of the day

. Musical superstar Pharrell Williams, a Virginia Beach native, is collaborating with the city’s Convention & Visitors Bureau to create two 60-second commercials, featuring his soon-to-be-released song “Virginia,” promoting Virginia Beach as a city open to tourists. Pharrell contacted city officials after the mass-shooting last year, asking how he could help his home town. One of the commercials, reports the Virginian-Pilot, will show the work that takes place in early-morning hours to prepare for visitors: a man cleaning kayaks to rent, a chef chopping vegetables, city workers grooming sand on the beach, hotel staff fluffing pillows. Williams composed the hit song, “Happy,” which went wildly viral as hundreds of groups shot videos of themselves lip syncing to the song.

Good news from Petersburg. After digging itself out of the worst fiscal meltown in modern Virginia history, the City of Petersburg is reporting its first positive fund balance in four years. The city’s “unassigned fund balance,” not earmarked for a specific portion of the General Fund, came in at $2.8 million in Fiscal 2018, reports the Progress-Index. The city has set a goal of increasing the unassigned balance to $7.6 million. Petersburg was no more reckless than any number of other cities across the United States, but Virginia is less forgiving of fiscal incompetence. As a consequence, the poor, largely African-American municipality was forced to make hard choices and enact brutal spending cuts. Now it is emerging more financially disciplined than before. If Petersburg can straighten itself out, so can other deadbeat states and municipalities. If Virginians demanded that Petersburg make sacrifices, we should expect the same of others, too. Puerto Rico, I’m talking to you! Chicago, I’m talking to you!

When “multicultural” means “nonwhite-cultural”… Last week video surfaced of a black female student delivering a “public service announcement” at UVa’s new “Multicultural Student Center.” Apparently, the “multi” part did not include white culture. There were “just too many white people,” the young woman informed the unwelcome visitors. The center, she said, was “a space for people of color.” To its credit, the University administration issued a statement affirming that the center is “open to all members of the University community.” But it appears that a lot of students (including many white students) agree with the young woman. In interviews published on The College Fix, many students agreed with the proposition that minorities need a “safe space” free from whites.

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10 responses to “Bacon Bits: From Feel-Good to Feel-Bad”

  1. “In interviews published on The College Fix, many students agreed with the proposition that minorities need a “safe space” free from whites.”

    This is the kind of racist garbage that makes me tune out so-called progressives. Once someone takes such a ridiculous position I lose interest in hearing anything else they have to say. The thoughts, ideas and philosophy behind such a proposition are about as far from “progressive” as one can get.

    I am glad to hear Petersburg is getting its act together.

  2. LarrytheG Avatar

    The thing to keep in mind is that this does NOT represent all progressives views and it’s a mistake to think so.

    The primary difference between progressives and conservatives on issues like this is that progressives do want to know WHY someone feels this way and especially so if it is representative of other black folks. Conservatives, on the other hand, just get angered and reject it all out of hand.

    not all – on either side. Some Conservatives also want to know more about the why but most do not.

    In this case – is this just one one young person spouting foolishness or are there others that also feel this way and if they do – why?

    We’re never going to find middle ground on issues like this if we refuse to try to understand. We’re just going to end up even more hardened division… and that’s not good for anyone.

    1. I understand that you feel the need to try to defend progressives, but as far as I am concerned there is no middle ground where flagrant displays of racism racism are concerned – no matter the perpetrator. And I refuse to apologize for being intolerant of racist behavior.

    2. “The primary difference between progressives and conservatives on issues like this is that progressives do want to know WHY someone feels this way…”

      I could not disagree more. The progressives I have dealt with in recent years are some of the most closed-minded people I have ever met. If I do not 100% agree with them 100% of the time I am called a hater, a racist and worse.

      1. LarrytheG Avatar

        Some of it may be you and how others react to you. I don’t mean that is a disrespectful way. Do you socialize with black people? Do you have friends that are black. Do ya’ll talk about black/white stuff?

        Do you consider black folks to be “progressives”?

        1. LarrytheG Avatar

          I’m gone until 9 or 10.. will respond then if more conversation.

        2. Yes. Yes. Yes. No, in fact many black people I know are quite conservative.

          Also, I would never refer to anyone as “black folks”.

          1. LarrytheG Avatar

            just my way – black folks, white folks –

            it matters to me what black people think about these issues to inform my own view. We have had a history of vast differences between what white people think and what black people think about issues and until we want to understand the others views – we’re doomed to be divided.

  3. LarrytheG Avatar

    I just don’t see it that way. I want to know how black folks feel about issues. I do not think a white guy perspective is totally objective. We’ve have this problem for a long time and everytime blacks have a say about something, some white folks get in a snit about it.

    As I said, this could be young person foolishness as a lot of young folks white and black are prone to in College. On the other hand, sometimes the truth comes out and one has to be open-minded enough to stand back and listen before dismissing it out of hand.

    Your idea of what “racism” is – is not at all what many black folks think.

    Does that bother you? Should it?

  4. johnrandolphofroanoke Avatar

    I think the fiscal good news coming from Petersburg is the best news I have heard in a good while. I have visited this place many times. One of the best preserved Civil War battlefields in the entire nation is right there. From the early days of Blandford to the present I find the story of Petersburg to be a great one and I earnestly hope they can remake the city into a model for other blighted cities such as Danville.

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